In the autumn of 2010, Brighter Bothwell, a local organisation committed to enhancing and improving the environment, took the initiative to support a new idea designed to extend and develop the feeling of community in Bothwell.
The new initiative was to organise a scarecrow festival, inspired by a number of wonderful festivals already held in villages across the UK.
A new group was formed to set up a Community Scarecrow Festival with an agreed purpose: to promote community spirit among residents, community groups and businesses; to improve well being; and to support the local economy.
This organisation has developed into The Bothwell Community Scarecrow Festival.
The first festival took place in September 2011 and was a resounding success. The community of Bothwell embraced the concept wholeheartedly; making and displaying more than 300 wonderfully creative scarecrows in the run up to the festival; as well as showing a real enthusiasm for all the concerts, events, and exhibitions that were organised. Surplus funds from the festival were donated to Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, to help them continue the phenomenal work they do.
By popular demand the festival was repeated in 2012, and its continued success means it is now an established early event. Surplus funds continue to be donated to Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.
For further information on the organisation, please feel free to email us.